Some songs have endured the test of time. The same is true for motorcycles, notably our 2022 Honda Trail 125 Motorcycle. It’s a modern spin on our classic Trail 90 and Trail 110. There is now a 125cc fuel-injected engine, disc brakes, and a four-speed transmission. Like the originals, it retains our famed no-clutch semi-automatic information, a frame with a low step-over height, and an integrated luggage rack. There’s also an electric starter and front-wheel ABS! The best thing is that it is as much, if not more, fun to ride than the original. So, what’s keeping you waiting? A Honda Trail125 can take you everywhere on the planet.
When it comes to engaging, approachable, well-liked miniMOTO models, no manufacturer comes close to Honda, and the Trail 125 is a superb example of one such machine that also pays respect to the past. The bike’s style is evocative of the heyday of motorcycles when there appeared to be a CT model on the bumper rack of every RV. Still, it also has the comforts of modern design and technology, like Honda’s vintage Monkey and Super Cub. The Trail 125 is based on the urban-friendly Super Cub but with a few robust changes that make it ideal for casual off-road and on-road trekking.
2022 Honda Trail 125 Motorcycle – Features and Specs
Chassis / Suspension
The Trail 125 has a.5-inch longer wheelbase than the Super Cub (49.4 inches), a.4-inch longer front suspension stroke (4.3 inches), 1.1-inch higher ground clearance (6.5 inches), and a.8-inch higher seat height (31.5 inches). These modifications, together with the following Super Cub enhancements, allow the Trail 125 to readily handle uneven road surfaces and rough terrain while still providing adequate rider comfort and control.
The head pipe has been reinforced, and the triple clamp has been rebuilt to balance frame rigidity and flex. Because of its upswept curvature, the handlebars may be twisted 45 degrees in each direction, allowing the rider to change their course while riding at a low speed quickly. Dual-sport type knobby tires on 17-inch rims with stainless-steel spokes provide durability and traction. Even with a full load, the front and rear disc brakes give excellent stopping power; ABS is standard. The front seat is smaller to make it simpler for feet to reach the ground.
The petrol tank holds 1.4 gallons, which is 0.4 gallons more than the Super Cub. When there aren’t many petrol stations nearby, this extends the range. The engine shield protects against dangers such as large stones and tree stumps, while the high-mounted air intake and upswept exhaust boost low-end power and are in keeping with the CT lineage.
Engine / Drivetrain
The 2022 Honda Trail 125 Motorcycle engine, like the Super Cub C125, is a 125 cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder overhead-camshaft unit with two valves. Automatic enrichment, electronic ignition, and programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) provide trouble-free starting and efficient running in any situation. The Trail 125 has been adapted to accommodate hiking and touring on forest service roads and trails. A more extended intake and modified exhaust for more low- and middle-end power, as well as a three-tooth larger rear sprocket, are among the changes (39 teeth). The Trail 125, like the Super Cub, has a four-speed semiautomatic gearbox.
Because it blends a nod to the original CT line with the convenience and performance of modern technology, the Trail 125 is an excellent vehicle for traveling around town or exploring the outdoors.
Why Use 2022 Honda Trail 125?
The first Honda Super Cub Trail motorcycles went into production in 1964. In the United States, they were sold under the CT range name and were available until 1986; in other countries, they remained on store shelves for much longer.
Instead of recreating the original CB750 to go head-to-head with Kawasaki’s Z900 in 2019, Honda opted to focus on its most known and popular bike, the Super Cub, which it entirely revamped for a new generation of riders. Honda motorcycles in 2019 finally gave in to the vintage trend sweeping the motorcycle market for the last several years. When we rethought the CT125, we decided to call it the ST125 Trail.
The new ST125 Trail is so similar to the older Trail 110 that it’s almost impossible to tell them apart.
It’s Just So Easy to Ride
The original Super Cub, released in 1958, had a centrifugal clutch and a three-speed gearbox that made riding easy for everyone; all you had to do was put the gear lever into gear and apply the throttle. Better still, the engine is tough to stall.
The ST125 Trail, like other offspring of the Super Cub, retains similar technology but is updated with a four-speed gearbox. The 125cc single-cylinder engine now has fuel injection, allowing it to reach a thrilling top speed of 55 mph and perform reliably at any altitude. The engine is tuned for low and mid-range torque, and the rear sprocket is three teeth larger than on the Super Cub, improving off-road capability. To make it through shallow water, the fuel injection air intake and exhaust are placed high, just beneath the platform of the rear carrier.
They’ve kept the KickStart
As the ST125 Trail is equipped with fuel injection and an electronic starter, it can be started at any temperature and does not need the operator to remember to switch on the gas tap. As long as you remember to keep the petrol tank full, you won’t have to worry about being stuck since the vehicle has a kick-start in case the battery dies.
Brakes That Will Stop the Bike
The ST125 Trail sports anti-lock brakes (ABS) on the front wheel and disc brakes up front. You won’t be caught off guard on the path, even though the front brake is surprisingly powerful considering the bike’s weight. Off-road, sliding the rear wheel is a common need, and ABS prevents this.
Standard bike gears are 1, neutral, 2, 3, and 4 when you lift on the lever. The ST125 Trail, like other Honda Super Cubs, features a neutral, 1, 2, 3, and 4 gear sequence that is selected by depressing the rocking gear level with the heel of the rider’s foot. To go back into neutral, you use your toes as you would on a motorbike. Due to this differentiation, even someone who has never ridden a bike may find that the “change” is relatively simple to adjust to.
Simple but effective suspension
The rear dual shocks and the front telescopic forks are simple, dependable, and practical. To fine-tune the rear suspension to your weight, you can only make one adjustment: the spring pre-load. The ST125 Trail is easier to get used to and ride because of its upright position. While riders of greater stature may first be put off by the bike’s seeming diminutive size while seated, they’ll quickly appreciate its portability and lightweight construction. The lightness also makes it easy to pick up if you happen to fall off. That, and the assurance that a little mistake won’t have a catastrophic effect.
Electronics? What Electronics?
The ST125 Trail is reminiscent of motorcycles from when its size necessitated advanced electronics for the rider’s safety and comfort while riding off-road. Except for its fuel injection and anti-lock brakes, the Honda is as analog as it gets. The engine is so mild that you’ll never need the traction control, and the top speed is so low that you won’t even need the cruise control. A simple solution to staying within the speed limit is always coming to a complete stop before entering a highway or other roadway.
That Rear Carrier
We know now that the Honda Gold Wing’s rear carrier can carry up to 44 pounds of weight (on a bike with a 259-pound curb weight), which is more than twice the weight capacity of the top box!
Therefore, the Honda ST125 Trail is user-friendly, functional, cheap ($3,899), uncomplicated, durable, reliable, comfortable, and, most importantly, a lot of fun to ride.
2022 Honda Trail 125 Motorcycle – Price
The new 2022 Honda Trail 125 Motorcycle is available at $3,999 only.
2022 Honda Trail 125 Motorcycle – Technical Specifications
|Type||124.9 cc air-cooled 80º single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Valve Train||SOHC; two-valve|
|Bore x Stroke||52.4 mm x 57.9 mm|
|Induction||PGM-FI w/ 24 mm bore, automatic enrichment|
|Starter||Electric & kick|
|Transmission||Semiautomatic; four speeds|
|Final Drive||Chain; 14T/39T|
|Front||27 mm telescopic inverted fork; 4.3 in. travel|
|Rear||Twin shocks; 3.4 in. travel|
|Front||Single hydraulic caliper w/ 220 mm disc; ABS|
|Rear||Single hydraulic caliper w/ 190 mm disc|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||27º|
|Trail||80 mm (3.1 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||6.5 in.|
|Seat Height||31.5 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||1.4 gal. (incl. 0.3 gal. reserve)|
|Curb Weight||259 lbs.|